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Save Money On Eating Out – By Going To 2 Restaurants

Double the places you go… to save money? This concept works; trust me. Last weekend my brother-in-law recommended a fantastic restaurant to check out. It was Italian and had great reviews – we had to go. Before I took the Mrs. out, I went online to check out the menu (and pricing). I wanted to see how much to budget for this special meal and get an idea of what was on offer at this highly-hyped place. Looking through the menu, I realized that while the gourmet food was reasonably priced at about $17/main plate (including tax & tip), the wine and drinks were quite expensive. I took a look around the neighborhood and saw an opportunity for some savings while having a great night out. There was a bar next door that had a great Thursday night drink menu – packed with specials. If we extended the night to have a drink later, and only had water with dinner we could save a ton of cash and do more. Additionally we could skip the post-dinner coffee, in-restaurant, and either have an extra drink, save the cash or hit a coffee shop in the neighborhood. By checking out the menu earlier,

How Much Do Your Money Habits Cost You?

Everybody has habits, right? There are good habits, and bad habits, and everything in between. The question of the day is: How much do your habits cost you? Nah, I don’t want you to quit everything to save money – that’s not what this article is about. Instead, just ask yourself what your habits (good and bad) are and how much they run you each month. For example: I’m a coffee fanatic. I stopped getting lattes a long time ago because I was spending over $30 a week on them, not counting gas. I didn’t want to give up the coffee though, so now I spend about $15 a week on good coffee and creamer. Total Savings: $720 a year. Wow! It adds up fast doesn’t it? In case you’re wondering about the math there: $30 a week x 4 weeks per month = $120 a month $120 a month x 12 months = $1440 a year. By cutting my weekly expense in half, I saved $720 a year. I’ll warn you though; playing the habit game is habit forming! Once I realized how much I was saving by making small compromises (not doing without, just

Top 7 Ways to Eat Out for Less

Eating out can be a real treat, but often the resulting bill is anything but. Here are seven simple strategies to cut your bill, so that you can enjoy your restaurant meal without the side of guilt: 1. Share a Meal Restaurant portions are often huge, so consider splitting a dish with someone else. If you ask, many establishments will even divide your order onto two plates before bringing it out to you. The unexpected bonus for your frugal efforts? Fewer calories and fat grams hitting your waistline. 2. Drink for Free Drinks can really add to your tab, particularly if you’re drinking something that is billed by the glass. To keep your check as lean as possible, order water (almost always free), or opt for a beverage that comes with free refills – soda, coffee, ice tea, etc. Can’t do without that alcoholic beverage? Order one glass, and then stick to water for the rest of the meal. 3. Clip and Save Coupons aren’t just for groceries. Flip through your local newspaper and junk mailers, and you’re likely to find lots of restaurant coupons. Buy one get one free offers can make a big dent in